I’ve been creating Office Themes and colour palettes for our team so we can have a more consistent visual brand on throw away documents.  Why? Because throw away documents have a habit of either a) becoming a standard document or b) finding their way into broader circulation.

I’ve had a lot of success with this when it comes to Word and Excel but just now I wanted to get the colour palette in Outlook sorted.

I managed to go all round the houses on it but it’s actually extremely simple.

  1. Exit Outlook completely
  2. Go to %appdata%\Microsoft\Templates
  3. Right-click on “NormalEmail” and choose “Open” NOT “New”
  4. Edit the Theme and Theme Colours (even applying already established Themes/Colours)
  5. Hit save and close

Simple.